Looks like Politico and NBC News will host the first 2012 Republican Primary debate this spring from the Reagan Library. No official date has been set, simply a time frame of “Spring 2011” according to Politico:


Former first lady Nancy Reagan announced plans Thursday to invite the leading Republican contenders to the first debate of the presidential primary season, to be held at her late husband’s presidential library and co-hosted by POLITICO and NBC News.

The debate, sponsored by the Reagan Presidential Foundation, will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., during the spring of 2011. NBC News will serve as the television partner for the debate while POLITICO is the online content partner.

We’ll update as soon as we have official word on a set date and time. The first 2008 Presidential Debate was held in May 2007 at the same venue. So maybe we’re looking at May/June of 2011 for the first of the 2012 cycle.

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